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Reducing symptom of cat in heat ?

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Yes, I know - foolproof way is getting her spayed !! That part is coming !

She is a foster that is living with me and is scheduled to go back to the shelter mid-december. She will be spayed before she gets adopted out but in the meantime, she's my problem...

On friday she went into heat... Haven't slept a wink all weekend... meow, meow, howl, ugh...

Anything I can do to help her (and me!) get a decent nights sleep tonight ?

snore...
Julie
post #2 of 7
*earplugs* LOL - Sorry. Any reason why they can not take her earlier?
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Originally Posted by JulieH
Yes, I know - foolproof way is getting her spayed !! That part is coming !

She is a foster that is living with me and is scheduled to go back to the shelter mid-december. She will be spayed before she gets adopted out but in the meantime, she's my problem...

On friday she went into heat... Haven't slept a wink all weekend... meow, meow, howl, ugh...

Anything I can do to help her (and me!) get a decent nights sleep tonight ?

snore...
Julie
Hey Julie....you can have a cat in heat spayed...it does cost a tad more...but I just can't think of anything you can do in order to reduce her heat symptoms.

Katie
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Earplugs... Thanks !!

I'm fostering her for the SPCA - Once she goes back and gets adopted, they schedule an appointement immediately to have her spayed. The adoption fee covers her spaying so they don't do it in advance.

No magic potion ? No subliminal music tapes ? (you are getting verrrryyyy sleeeeeepy...and quiiiiiet). Anything ?

Help !
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Julie, as a breeder, I go through this several times per year - and as a breeder of ~Siamese~, who tend to be very vocal, even mouthy cats in normal times, I do share your frustration with the situation. The only thing I have found which seems to help at all is to confine my queen in a cool, dimly-lit room with her litter, her food and water.

While others may have different experiences, I have found that intact female cats (queens) seem to be highly influenced by light and temperature - when the light changes and the days get longer/warmer in the Spring, queens go into estrus. When the light changes and the days get shorter/cooler in the late Fall, queens seem to have an interruption in estrus.

However, the home environment may also play a part in estrus cycles occuring with no interruption since the temperature and light stays more consistant throughout the year - but if you can confine a queen to a cooler, darker room, the symptoms do seem to be lessened (at least in my home - your mileage may vary).

Sincerely hope this helps,

~gf~
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Originally Posted by JulieH
Earplugs... Thanks !!

I'm fostering her for the SPCA - Once she goes back and gets adopted, they schedule an appointement immediately to have her spayed. The adoption fee covers her spaying so they don't do it in advance.

No magic potion ? No subliminal music tapes ? (you are getting verrrryyyy sleeeeeepy...and quiiiiiet). Anything ?

Help !
I'm afraid not....I had a friend who used to use a vibrating cow stuffed animal....she would rub it on her cat's tummy (can't say if it worked or not..I think it was more of a novelty then anything else) but I do recall the whinning/mewing/calling sounds she would make and wonder how my friend endured that through 5 litters. Wow..they don't spay UNTIL she is adopted...let's hope that someone falls in love with her sooner rather than later.

Katie
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Originally Posted by JulieH
Earplugs... Thanks !!

I'm fostering her for the SPCA - Once she goes back and gets adopted, they schedule an appointement immediately to have her spayed. The adoption fee covers her spaying so they don't do it in advance.
You might try calling them and letting them know she is in heat. Mention that you are very concerned that she might get out and get pregnant and you do not want that to happen. Even if your main concern is the annoyance of her screaming, pregnancy is still a very real risk so it's totally legitimate to bring it up.

Or, hmmm...this is a little white lie but it might work. Tell them that she is in heat and that last night she bolted out the door before you could stop her. Of course she's back home now, but it took a couple of hours to catch her and who knows what might have happened during that time...

But please only do this if it won't get you blacklisted as a foster caregiver, and if the story is plausible (e.g. if you don't live in a high rise apartment building or something similar). And obviously it is a little dishonest so use your own judgement.

Another option would be to offer to pay for her to be spayed now and ask them if they would be willing to reimburse you out of her adoption fee once she is adopted. Or maybe they would at least let you use their reduced-cost services to have her spayed at your expense, if you can afford this.
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